As a pastor, I’ve had the privilege of working with various people, all of whom were made up of different qualities and characteristics. Because I’ve personally been working on building our team, I thought I’d share a few thoughts that I’ve recently been reminded of. I hope they help your team!
When building your team, here are 3 qualities that make a person you can count on. People you can count on:
- aren’t motivated by feelings alone. Feeling are an extremely important ingredient for a team player, but you can’t rely on someone who is purely motivated by their feelings. You need brain in that mix. Maturity is noticeable in some and not in others, partly because some have the cognitive process steering their passion. Passion alone is dangerous (Proverbs 19:2). Thinking alone is cold. You can count on people who are motivated by both their thoughts and feelings.
- do what needs to be done. Being a participating member on a team means that you place the team’s needs above your own (1 Corinthians 10:24). This means that, among other things, sometimes a team member will have to do something simply because it needs to be done. They may not want to. They may not be “passionate” about the task. But will they do it? For the team? For God’s glory? For the team’s forward momentum? If you’re considering someone for your team, but they are someone who you have to coax, motivate, and plead with to complete tasks, then think twice about adding them to your inner team. I speak from experience when I say, you are better off waiting for the right person than you are repairing the time you’ll lose for depending on the wrong one. Get someone who knows how to get things done–even if it isn’t their “passion.”
- place God’s glory before their own. Attention hogs, the self-aggrandizing, the self-congratulating people around you will only compromise your team’s unselfish chemistry. If you’re working and thinking hard to develop uniformity and cohesiveness in your team, then why would you add someone who is going to make every task about their recognition, even if they’re amazing? Don’t get me wrong: recognition helps create momentum for continued success (Proverbs 3:27). We should celebrate victories and accomplishments, but we have to be careful that we don’t make Messiahs of certain team members. Jesus warned us about being our own gods (Luke 9:23-24). We all equally exist to give God glory with the work of our hands and hearts. Build a team of people who put God’s glory before their own.
If you’re looking for a team, here are 3 qualities of people you can count on: they aren’t motivated by feelings alone, they do what needs to be done, and they place God’s glory before their own. I hope this helps. Now, go build your team!